Patrick Berger

Interaction Designer

SoundBank 2.0 A mobile musical bench


Project Info

The Soundbank 2.0 is a musical bench. Each of it’s seats activates a segment of a song like the bass, beat or melody. When three people are sitting the song can be heard in it’s entirety.
Although the concept is simple, the Sounbank 2.0 was greatly enjoyed by the visitors and organizers of the Waldklang 2015 in Salzburg. Since it was winter and had to work flawlessly for 6 weeks outdoors, we have built it to withstand rain, snow and hail. We revised the Soundbank 1.0 to be more sturdy so it would hold up with the large amount of visitors and equipped it with an improved mechanism, smarter code and a larger capacity for sounds.
Soundbank 3.0 is currently in progress and will come with an app, so owners can exchange sounds wirelessly.
Momentarily we are looking for potential buyers. So if you’re interested drop me a line in the contact form below or check out soundbank.at, which will launch by the end of march 2016.

Roles

  • Idea & Concept
  • Music Production
  • Electronics
  • Programming
  • Construction
  • Supervision

Tools

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Sound System
  • Custom Electronics

 

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Use Cases

Since the Soundbank is an all-in-one solution and therefore mobile,
we imagine lots of different scenarios in which it would do well.



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Light Painting Live Paint on a canvas with light!


Project Info

This project was built as an interactive Light Painting installation for the Waldklang 2015 in Salzburg. Visitors were encouraged to grab one of the supplied light sabers, torches or their own phones and use them to paint on the canvas. The refresh button – positioned in front of the canvas – saves the art work, refreshes the screen and changes the music to set a new mood for visual expression.

On the first weekend alone, there were nearly 1000 art works saved by the visitors themselves. Since the Waldklang went on for 6 weekends they amounted to nearly 10000. The sheer amount of these images generated by strangers engaging with this stand-alone installation amazed me and added a whole new dimension to how I thought about the project. Clicking through them can be inspiring but takes a long time so we supplied a small selection where visitors might find their own art work again:

Best of Light Painting Live at Waldklang 2015

 How does it work?

There is a webcam connected to a computer, which looks at the audience through a small hole in the screen. The image it sees is then projected directly back onto the screen, functioning like a mirror of sorts. However, the image is processed so only pixels of a certain brightness remain on the screen. If a pixel is too dark it is updated to the new value depending on the new frame from the webcam.

Roles

  • Idea & Concept
  • Technical Implementation
  • Construction
  • Supervision

Tools

  • Light Paint Live
  • Beamer
  • Canvas
  • Arduino
  • Webcam
  • Mini-PC
  • Lots of wood
  • Light Sabers

Music: “The Supreme” by Tab & Anitek
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Freizeit 25 year anniversary of the magazine "Freizeit"


Project Info

In celebration of the 25 year anniversary of the magazine “Freizeit” from Kurier this Animation was made as an appetizer for the birthday party. It functions as a cross-section through the content over the years and hints at the move to digital media in addition to the traditional printed format. The project was done during my wonderful time with the great folks at Strukt in Vienna.

Roles

  • Storyboarding
  • Animation
  • Compositing

Tools

  • Photoshop
  • After Effects


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Bankenforum Teasers for public speakers at the Bankenforum 2014

 


Project Info

These are two animations I made for the Bankenforum 2014 during my time with Strukt. They were projected onto a very wide screen spanning the whole width of the stage as introductions for two different speakers. The animations had to end on a specific frame so they could be blended seamlessly with the following interactive part if the presentations.

Roles

  • Idea / Concept
  • Storyboarding
  • 3D-Modelling
  • Animation
  • Compositing

Tools

  • Cinema4D
  • After Effects

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Gentle Flower Water your plant by touching it.


Project Info

This project was made within a day, in the course of a workshop with Bettina Bruder. Due to the little time I was given, I decided to create a quick and dirty solution to a common problem: forgetting to water my plant. Really, the only thing keeping me from doing it was the lack of an emotional connection to my photosynthetic friend. Simultaneously, I grew fascinated with the possibility of using a living organism as an interface. This project was extraordinarily well received and inspired me to work on it further at the Schmiede13.

Roles

  • Idea
  • Programming
  • Electronics

Tools

  • Arduino
  • Processing


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Electricitype Alphabet made from Electro-Trash


Project Info

Electricitype is a complete set of letters constructed out of old technology. The aim was to find a new typographic aesthetic by experimenting with analog media. It was made during a workshop with Eike König from HORT, Berlin.

Roles

  • Concept
  • Design

Tools

  • Old Electronics
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Adobe Photoshop


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FFFAIL An Exhibition about Failure


Project Info

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas A. Edison

Today’s pressure to perform and the relentless pursuit of perfection leads to an ubiquitous fear of failure in our society. But is failure all that bad? Or is it a necessary process towards success?
My colleagues and I tried to find answers to questions like these and presented them in this exhibition. I was mainly responsible for the two interactive exhibits BrainMaze and WhiteNoise which you see above.

Roles

  • Ideas
  • Exhibit Construction
  • Programming
  • Electronics

Tools

  • Arduino
  • XBEE
  • Ableton Live

BrainMaze

Ideas are fickle! Once you have one, getting it out of your head is a whole other story. “BrainMaze” turns this dilemma into a game with deeper meaning. The visitors try to get the ball, metaphoric for an idea, out of the maze.
They do so by controlling the tilt of the brain with an academic hat. The hat is equipped with a tilt sensor and a wireless radio, which sends its data to the brain. This, in turn, mimics the tilt via a system of motors and strings. Only if the visitors use their head correctly, will they manage to get to the idea out of the maze.

WhiteNoize

Too much of a good thing. Often, failure in a project, is the result of piling on. Meaning it too well can result in overkill or white noise, the sum of all frequencies. “WhiteNoize” exemplifies this. The visitor wears headphones and turns the knob. First you hear a musical track. The more you turn, the more tracks you hear simultaneously. Keep turning and the sum of frequencies adds up to white noise.At this point, unlike reality, you can push the panic button to return to the blissful state of a white canvas, a clean slate, one simple ambient track. Thanks goes to Felix Sturmberger and Jürgen Kloihofer for supplying the audio tracks.

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Urbane Diversität An exhibition about gentrification


Project Info

“Urbane Diversität” or “Urban Diversity” is an interactive exhibition about Gentrification. The challenge was to design an immersive experience around a complex topic. We put particular emphasis on a positively engaging approach, rather than an instructive one. The exhibits ranged from a graffiti wall over illustrated ideas for interventions in the city to printed materials.

I was mainly in charge of the interactive exhibits, which were made using a 3D-Printer, a laser cutter, vvvv, Arduino and an array of custom built electronics. And of course lots of wood and plexiglas.

This was my master project at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg in the program MultiMediaArt.

Roles

  • Idea / Concept
  • 3D Modeling
  • Programming
  • Electronics
  • Exhibition Design

Tools

  • vvvv & Firmata
  • Arduino
  • Custom electronics
  • Cinema4D
  • Adobe Suite
  • 3D Printer
  • Laser Cutter

TouchCity

Touch a district and it lights up. Each one represents a relevant player in the gentrification process. The interface displays information about it’s role in the process. When you touch a second one, it also lights up and the screen displays the correlation between the two.

The main buildings were 3D printed. The surrounding ones are represented by plexiglas blocks, resulting in an nice lighting effect.

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StoryHouse

This exhibit brings you closer to the stories actual residents have to tell. Ring the bell and the respective room lights up. The residents tell stories about their living situation and position in the gentrification process. This project was virtually given birth to by a laser cutter. The wood and plexiglas were both laser cut and meticulously glued in place.

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The Build

Infographic

This graphic shows the working process of the entire project.
It consists of four regions:
1) Literary Research
2) Social Research
3) Strategy
4) Implementation & Exposure.

Modeling

One of the many challenges was getting the models for printing just right. The walls had to be thin enough for light to shine through, but thick enough so the model wouldn’t break when pushed.

Programming

All of the logic was done in vvvv using the firmata node to control and read the arduinos.

Electronics

The circuits were custom built to coordinate LED-strips, light bulbs, buttons and piezo sensors.

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Lautes Licht Generate Music by Dancing


Project Info

Music through Movement. You are the Instrument! The crowds movement is analyzed and generates an audio-visual environment. The idea is to have a sort of “open source performance” that let’s the crowd decide when and how to go wild. This was my bachelor project at the University of Applied Sciences  in Salzburg.

Roles

  • Visuals
  • Programming

Tools

  • vvvv
  • Kinect
  • Cinema4D
  • After Effects


 

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Synergia Synergy between DJ and VJ


Project Info

DJs and VJs unite!

Synergia let’s you control parts of each others performance. The aim was to enable the DJ to manipulate the visuals and to give the VJ some control over simple musical parameters. The music no longer dictates the visual. VJ and DJ work together.

Through a virtual midi cable the VJ’s midi controller can be assigned to musical parameters on the DJ’s machine. The same goes for the DJ’s midi controller concerning visual parameters. You can assign the same knob to both musical and visual parameters at once, so the audiovisual feedback feels very homogenous.

How much control is outsourced depends on the performers!

Roles

  • Visual
  • Programming

Tools

  • MaxMSP
  • Novation RemoteSL
  • Akai APC40


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Work

A selection of projects

SoundBank 2.0

SoundBank 2.0 A mobile musical bench

SoundBank 2.0 A mobile musical bench

Light Painting Live

Light Painting Live Paint on a canvas with light!

Light Painting Live Paint on a canvas with light!

25 Jahre Freizeit

Freizeit 25 year anniversary of the magazine "Freizeit"

Freizeit 25 year anniversary of the magazine "Freizeit"

Bankenforum

Bankenforum Teasers for public speakers at the Bankenforum 2014

Bankenforum Teasers for public speakers at the Bankenforum 2014

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Gentle Flower Water your plant by touching it.

Gentle Flower Water your plant by touching it.

Electricitype

Electricitype Alphabet made from Electro-Trash

Electricitype Alphabet made from Electro-Trash

Urbane Diversität

Urbane Diversität An exhibition about gentrification

Urbane Diversität An exhibition about gentrification

Lautes Licht

Lautes Licht Generate Music by Dancing

Lautes Licht Generate Music by Dancing

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Synergia Synergy between DJ and VJ

Synergia Synergy between DJ and VJ

About

Who I am and what I do

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About Me

I am a creative technologist and motiongraphics designer based in Vienna. I love creating visually pleasing content and building engaging interactive experiences. I am passionate about the entire open source movement, be it soft- or hardware, and enjoy developing concepts that transcend the barriers between art and design.

Experience

During and after my Mastersdegree in MultimediaArt (MMA) in Salzburg I have worked for Red Bull (Salzburg), Strukt (Vienna) and Gate11 (Munich). Additionally I have worked on Exhibitions for Waldklang in Salzburg and various independent projects. Scroll down for "hard skills".

Philosophy

The best ideas develop in interdisciplinary environments. The old can become the new by mixing and matching diverse mindsets in creative teams or rethinking and transforming existing concepts. Communication is based on a clear mutual understanding between creators, clients, and users.

Skills

The tools I work with

Arduino
90%
Photoshop
80%
Illustrator
70%
Indesign
60%
After Effects
85%
Cinema4D
70%
Webdesign
50%
Ableton Live
70%

Contact

Feel free to drop me a line.